"Defining Challege"

Each of us is challenged in our own way and we must make a conscious decision to either to succumb or overcome. For individuals with intellectual disabilities the challenge is even more real – yet so many choose to engage, compete, and prove. “Defining Challenge” explores some of the day to day concerns, struggles and triumphs of four athletes with intellectual disabilities: Willy, Tommy, Jon and Alexa.

In the Special Olympics athletes come together in the spirit of confidence and excitement, to experience a competition that unites these individuals and their families. The Special Olympics National Games 2014 serve as the backdrop for these compelling stories of these families and athletes.

  • Omar Portilla
  • Tyann Sells
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Humanitarian, Special Needs, Short Documentary, Downs Syndrome, Family
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • None
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Omar Portilla

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with nearly eight years of military service and three combat tours to Iraq. Originally Omar got into film through acting, he attended Rosa L. Parks H.S. of Fine and Performing Arts, and was a Theatre major. After leaving the military he attended Montclair State University for his B.F.A. in Filmmaking. He is currently a freelancer filmmaker in the New York City area. In 2012 he started 3YRS2Life Production.

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